Central College hosts 2014 Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching of the Year Award Winner Rachel Caufield, associate professor of political science at Drake University, Thursday, Feb. 15. Her talk, “Suckerpunched and Scared: How Do We Talk About Political Disagreement and Why Does It Matter?” will address civil dialogue on campus and the language of threat. The event will be held in Maytag Student Center at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Prior to joining Drake’s faculty in 2001, Caufield was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where she studied the relationship between the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. While at Drake, she spent 10 years as a research fellow with the American Judicature Society, conducting research on state judicial selection methods, trends in judicial elections and the rules and procedures governing state merit selection systems.
For the past two presidential campaign cycles, Caufield has organized efforts to get students involved in the caucuses, has coordinated candidate visits to campus and led the campus effort to host national presidential debates and forums with ABC, CBS, CNN and Fusion TV.
The presentation is part of Central’s Democracy Rocks! Series. The event is sponsored by Central College Student Development.